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Vintage Star Safety Razor with Original Tin - Old Kampfe Bros. - ca.1880’s
This complete, antique Star Safety Razor comes in its original graphic tin. The handle, including the stropping end, disassembles and then fits into the head of the razor and all items then go into the round tin. Two parts of the handle screw together and screw into the head. The second piece of the handle acts to extend the handle of the razor and it also can be used to hold the stropping end where the wedge razor blade fits when honing the edge. The head of the razor shows that the Kampfe Bros. of N.Y. City received a Medal of Superiority at the American Institute in 1884. The head also has a patent from 1880. A small lever on the back of the head slides up and down to remove and replace the blade.
The razor with all of the pieces assembled measures about 6 ¼” in length. The head of the razor measures just under 2” wide. Overall it is in very nice condition with minimal wear. The razor, which is an old Kampfe Bros., appears to be used and it has some light pitting and discoloration. The blade fits into the stropping section quite snuggly, in fact, I didn’t push it all the way into the slot for fear of cutting myself. It does look as though the slot is crimped a bit which may be inhibiting the razor to slide more easily but then you wouldn’t want it to be too loose either.
The yellow and black tin has nice graphics on the front with a picture of the Star Safety Razor. The back of the tin has directions for using the razor. Around the top edge is the information about the Superiority awar with the date of 1884-5.The top of the slip on lid shows the Kampfe Bros. as the Patentees and Manufacturers of the razor and around the edge of the lid is the patent date of June 15th 1880.
The tin measures about 1 ¼” in diameter and 2 3/16” tall. It is in generally good condition with good color and gloss. The front of the tin has some nick in the litho down to the bare metal. The back has a damaged area where bare metal shows and there is discoloration and small spots of rust. The lid has a few dents and flecks of lost paint as well as some discoloration. The gold finish is gone from the bottom of the tin.
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